We the people of Maine agree with the Maine Resolution calling for an amendment to the United States Constitution to “reaffirm the power of citizens through their government to regulate the raising and spending of money in elections.”
We urge all candidates and elected officials to pledge to work together, without regard to party or other political differences, to pass and ratify such a constitutional amendment as soon as possible.
In 2013, Maine State Senators Ed Youngblood (Republican), Dick Woodbury (Independent), State Representative Diane Russell (Democrat) helped pass SP 548, a powerful call on Congress to do its part to stop the waves of outside money pouring into local elections. They haven’t. We’re in the midst of the most expensive Senate election we’ve ever seen and it’s time to unite Mainers so we can fix this once and for all: Stand With Maine! When Mainers are united, we can make sure our all of our elected representatives, regardless of party, stand with Maine, not with big donors and outside interests..The Supreme Court has made it unconstitutional to limit money spent in elections and between 2008-2012, outside spending in ME elections rose 574%. The result? Local governments beholden to those other than their constituents, candidates dependent on major donors, growing industry power that opens the door to life-threatening situations like the opioid crisis, in brief, a government and the policies it creates up for sale to the highest bidder. When we Stand With Maine and the 28th Amendment, we can fix this- forever.
What Mainers Are Saying:
Ready to get involved? Three things you can do right now: 1 Get connected with the Maine’s first American Promise Association and join an organized, dynamic group of active citizen leaders already in your community! Contact: Amy Cartmell, [email protected] .
2 Share this page and ask your friends to sign the Stand with Maine petition themselves!
3 Make a donation now to help ensure that We the People–not big money, not corporations, not unions, not special interests—govern ourselves.